Recently, the Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) mentioned to ensure the proper implementation of the environment management plan during the expansion of IJP road to CDA.
Director EIA Monitoring Ahsan Rafi Kiani said the CDA officials had to provide Traffic Diversion Plan, camp office location, and baseline data revived report during the public hearing of the Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIA) of the IJP Road rehabilitation and widening project held here at the Pak-EPA office.
Officials stated that all of this information should be shared in order to complete the EIA Report approval process. Kiani rejected CDA officials for failing to provide specifics on the project’s cost, flyovers, and pedestrian bridges to be erected.
Officials also rejected the CDA’s proposal to dump excess material generated during construction in the project’s I-12 sector location. According to the chair person, the EPA has previously identified the I-12 sector as a residential area that cannot be used as a dumping site.
He suggested that CDA officials make the necessary arrangements, including removing equipment associated with the project’s 1265 tree transplantation. Kiani went on to add that there was a compelling need to look into the survival rate of the plants that had previously been transplanted in the federal capital, as well as the availability of the equipment that had been leased for the G-7 underpass development.
During the project’s execution, he also instructed CDA personnel to develop a better site and operating mechanism for the batching plant. The CDA official said that the entire length of the IJP Road would be 10.2 kilometres, and that it would be repaired and extended by adding two more lanes on each sides of the current dual carriageway highway.
He went on to say that the project was self-funded and would be completed in 18 months, with a PC-I cost of Rs6.9 billion and Rs120 million set aside for environmental conservation and preservation.
It was also said that the project would include the construction of two bridges and flyovers that would run from Faizabad to N-5. He also stated that the I-12 site will not be utilised as a dumping site, but that the Margalla Town site would be.
In response to a question about the Transplant machine, he stated that it was accessible from NLC (CDA’s project implementing partner), and that no equipment would be borrowed.
He stated that two camp office locations were offered, one at Pirwadhai and the other at 9th Avenue, in order to have the least amount of damage on the environment. During the question and answer period, CDA officials stated that four pedestrian bridges will be built on the IJP Road. Drains were to be built along the road to assist decrease water collection during the rainy season, according to reports.
CDA will plant 8,000 trees along the road in place of 1,265 different types of plants, and will plant additional saplings throughout the operating period, he added. During the project’s development, public awareness would be raised through different channels, including ITP radio and banners, to discourage travel on IJP Road, he noted.